Every season has its defining moments. For the South Plains College men's basketball program, one of those moments occurred on Wednesday night in Arizona as the Texans throttled Big Bend Community College 81-65 to capture the 2015 Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout championship. Sophomore guard Deontae North (6'3''-G) was named the tournament MVP after his 22-point performance against the Vikings in which he went 9-for-15 from the field and shot 50 percent from the three-point line. North scored 16 points in the first two games of the tournament against Williston State and Baltimore City, and knew this team was capable of rising to the level of competition they faced throughout the tournament. "Coming off the break I just wanted to come out here and set the tone for my teammates," North said. "I just wanted to come out here and try to be a leader and set a good example and win a championship. We wanted to attack from the jump and keep attacking at all times, and make sure we were in attack mode from the beginning and didn't get off to a slow start. "We had to buy in and listen to coach Green and finally start to accept the coaching he was giving us, and it's helped us become a better team over the past month. We're a really tight team and have a strong brotherhood, and our team is starting to become a family type atmosphere. We have to keep listening to coach Green and playing unselfishly, and if we do that the sky is the limit for us." Following two convincing wins over Williston State and Baltimore City to begin tournament play, the Texans would face a team in Big Bend with the ability to spread the floor and create spacing for open shots and clean looks at the basket. South Plains put that trend to a halt Wednesday night, forcing the Vikings to shoot an abysmal 33 percent from the field (20-59) and 20 percent from the three-point line (5-24). The Texans dominated the Vikings on both ends of the floor, out rebounding their opponent 44-21 on the glass while also forcing 13 turnovers and scored 32 points in the paint. Roberto Gallinat, who was also named to the all-tournament team, finished the contest with 14 points and seven rebounds for South Plains. Michael Wolfe (6'9''-F) and Ibrahima Diagne (6'8''-PF-95) combined for a total 17 points and nine boards for the Texans, while Diamante Langston (5'11''-G) and Che Bob each finished with six points. Montell McRae was a presence on the glass for South Plains throughout the tournament, hauling in seven rebounds, six coming on the defensive end against the Vikings. Taelin Webb (6'0''-PG-96) was once again able to come off the bench for the Texans and provide a spark for the offense, finishing the contest with seven points, three rebounds and two assists on the night. "I thought we played really well tonight and really well defensively at the beginning of the game," Steve Green said. "Everybody I put in made a very positive contribution tonight, and this was a great warmup for what lies ahead in the conference season. There's no doubt Montell McRae came back from the break a different guy, and the same thing for Roberto. "It's like they matured four months over a two-week span, and that happens a lot in junior college and with freshmen in particular. We played three different kinds of teams in this tournament that maybe prepares us for what lies ahead. We're beginning to play more unselfishly, and the more we do that the better we are, and I think from the beginning of the season until now we're 50 percent better because we share the ball more." All in all, the Texans proved to rise above the competition that was displayed in Arizona throughout the week and pick up their ninth consecutive victory dating back to their last loss on November 18. Now 11-4 on the season and 2-0 in conference play, the Texans will look to continue their momentum as they jump into the heart of conference play when they travel to Odessa on January 7. Courtesy of: spctexans.prestosports.com
Red Raven Season Ends With Loss to Motlow St. 59-78 In NJCAA Tournament - 1 day ago
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The Coffeyville Community College men's basketball team lost in the opening round of the 2017 NJCAA Div I Men's Basketbll Tournament to the Motlow State Bucks, 59-78. The loss ends the Red Raven's season with a 22-13 record. The #19 seeded Red Ravens seemed to being playing catch up the entire game in the Tuesday morning matchup against the #14 seeded Bucks. The Red Ravens were outscored 28-38 in the first half and after a brief run to start the second half were never able to mount much o... [read more]
The Coffeyville Community College men's basketball team lost in the opening round of the 2017 NJCAA Div I Men's Basketbll Tournament to the Motlow State Bucks, 59-78. The loss ends the Red Raven's season with a 22-13 record. The #19 seeded Red Ravens seemed to being playing catch up the entire game in the Tuesday morning matchup against the #14 seeded Bucks. The Red Ravens were outscored 28-38 in the first half and after a brief run to start the second half were never able to mount much of a comeback. The post game stat page summed up the loss for the Red Ravens. Motlow State made 11 three pointers in the game (11 for 33), and out rebounded the Red Ravens 49-23. Those two combined with the Ravens shooting 14-26 from the free throw line extinquished any hope of a comeback for Coffeyville. Stat leaders for the Red Ravens in the game included sophomore forward Tedrick Wolfe (6'5''-G) (21 points on 10 for 13 shooting and 5 rebounds), freshmen guard Travis Washington (6'0''-PG) (8 points and 9 assists), and freshmen guard Malik Keith (5'10''-PG) (8 points and 5 assists). Highlights for the Red Raven's season included earning a trip to the NJCAA National Tourney, two victories over nationally ranked Hutchinson and an exciting run through the Region VI Tournament to earn the 2017 Region VI Championship. Courtesy of: coffeyville.prestosports.com
MVP: Ayo Dada (G) of North Lake (TX) Coach of the Tournament: Tim McGraw of North Lake (TX) All-Tournament Team Dare Brazeal (6'5''-F) of North Lake (TX) Edvonte Copeland (5'11''-PG) of Anoka-Ramsey (MN) Homer Denson (C) of Elgin (IL) Josh Harris (F) of North Lake (TX) Kameron Jimenez-Fox (F) of MassBay (MA) Brandon Rothrock (5'11''-PG) of Davidson County (NC) Tyquan Scott (F) of Herkimer (NY) Juwan Stewart(F) of Elgin (IL) [read more]
MVP:Ayo Dada (G) of North Lake (TX) Coach of the Tournament: Tim McGraw of North Lake (TX)
North Lake upsets its way to DIII championship - 4 days ago
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The North Lake Community College men's basketball coach has the name befitting of a country western music legend. But Tim McGraw made a little history for himself on the hardwood in Rochester on Saturday night. McGraw guided fifth-seeded North Lake past N. 2 Elgin Community College 66-56 in title game of the Division III NJCAA National Championships at Rochester Community and Technical College. In doing so, McGraw became the first men's basketball community college coach to win three nati... [read more]
The North Lake Community College men's basketball coach has the name befitting of a country western music legend. But Tim McGraw made a little history for himself on the hardwood in Rochester on Saturday night. McGraw guided fifth-seeded North Lake past N. 2 Elgin Community College 66-56 in title game of the Division III NJCAA National Championships at Rochester Community and Technical College. In doing so, McGraw became the first men's basketball community college coach to win three national titles at the non-scholarship level. "It's very humbling, it really is because I've had great kids," McGraw said. "We've had a lot of other teams that didn't even get here and I feel bad for some of those other kids. But these kids had to overcome adversity. They worked hard for this." Like Elgin, North Land had to navigate through the eight-team field with a somewhat limited roster. North Land freshman guard Deanthony Owens (F), part of team's all-Texas squad, was coming off an injury and was not at full strength. "He's still only about 80 percent," McGraw said. With Owens limited, 6-foot freshman guard Ayo Dada (G) stepped up. He scored 16 points and made 4 of 8 3-pointers in the title game to lead the Blazers. Dada was named the MVP of the tournament. "It feels great, we worked hard," Dada said. "This was our goal all season." North Lake entered the tournament not only as the No. 5 seed, but it had a modest 19-11 record. McGraw that was in part due to playing 11 scholarship teams during the season. The Blazers also play in the tough six-team Metro Athletic League, will all squads located in the Dallas area. "That's probably why we had so much confidence because of all the scholarship schools we played," McGraw said. McGraw has coached at North Land for 20 seasons. This is his fifth time taking the Blazers to the national tournament and he also won championships in 2006 and 2008. McGraw took advantage some of his former players for motivation heading into this year's three-day event. "We had guys from the previous championships come in and talk to the team last week," he said. "Those guys talked about what it took." The current players took the advise and rattled off three straight wins, topping No. 1 Anoka-Ramsey from Minnesota in the process, to win the title and finish 22-11. "I know he's happy," Dada said of McGraw winning another title. "He deserves it big-time; he's a great coach." As for the game, North Lake played a tough hybrid man-to-man/zone defense that gave Elgin (31-6) fits. Elgin shot just 29 percent from the floor and had a seven-minute scoring drought at one point in the second half. "We don't see a lot of zone where we're from," said Elgin coach Reed Nosbisch of his Illinois-based team. "That caused a lot of problems." North Land went on a 14-0 run in that span to open up a 52-29 lead. Elgin made a run and got within nine and then missed a 3-pointer with 3:00 left. It got within eight with 28 seconds left before the Blazers got the game's final bucket. "We just couldn't shoot the ball," Nosbisch said. ".... I thought we just couldn't get things going." Elgin was also without leading scorer Chris Benjamin (G), who was hurt in a game prior to the tournament and didn't play on the national stage. This was the first time the Division III NJCAA men's tournament was held in Rochester. The city has hosted the women's tournament in the past. Next year the men's event moves back to New York, and then it will return to Rochester in 2019 before going up for bid again. Courtesy of: postbulletin.com
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